Glock has sold more than a million Slimline G43 single-stack, sub-compact 9 mm pistols in just three years. Having worked with the pistol when it first came out, I can see why so many folks have chosen to adopt it for self-defense and concealed carry. If, however, there are two features some customers would like to see changed it would be this model’s relatively low 6+1 round capacity and a short grip frame that, while easy to conceal, does not provide a full three-finger grip for folks with larger hands.
To address both of these customer requests, Glock has released two new models that are members of what is being called the Silver Slimline series. The G43X sports the same slide length of 6.06" and frame thickness as the original G43. However, the grip frame has been stretched to accept a 10-round single stack magazine and to provide plenty of room for the little finger of the shooting hand. The slide is treated with a matte silver nPVD for a handsome 2-tone finish and a set of slide serrations have been added near the muzzle.
The key difference between the G43X and the G48 is the slide length, which has been extended to 6.85" to meet Canadian export regulations. But it also provides a bit more velocity and a longer sight radius for those who want it (like I do). Other features found on both pistols include a match-grade Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB), built-in beavertail, reversible magazine catch and three sight configuration including standard, Glock Night Sights (GNS), and Ameriglo Bold options. The Silver Slimline models will ship with suggested retail prices starting at $580. We have a G48 is on the way, so stay tuned for a full product review.